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Onaway State Park
Onaway State Park © Mark Mowery
Onaway State Park © Mark Mowery
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3622 Michigan 211
Onaway, Michigan   49765
(lat:45.4327 lon:-84.2283) map location

Phone: 989-733-8279
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Onaway State Parks are pleased to announce that this summer season canoes, kayaks and rowboats are available to rent at both parks. These boats will be available for full-day and half-day rentals. For questions about rentals please contact Onaway State Park at (989)733-8279. Located on the southeast shore of beautiful Black Lake. Encompassing 158 acres of rugged but picturesque land, including sand cobblestone beaches, large unique rock outcroppings and a diverse variety of trees. The park features a three-mile nature trail and 85 modern campsites among virgin white pines. Reservations are now being accepted for the new ?Shoreview? camper cabin. Shoreview? cabin offers a covered front porch area, large universally accessible deck, fire circle, refrigerator, microwave, outdoor grill, rowboat and electricity. It sleeps up to six, with two sets of bunk beds in separate rooms and a futon couch in the main living area. Campers must supply their own bedding, dishes and cookware. This 400-square foot cabin is situated about 50 feet from the Black Lake shoreline, and 300 ft from the park?s designated swimming area on the southeast shore of Black Lake. Picnicking, swimming, horseshoes and boat launch. Onaway is home of the annual Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree, a festival in February featuring ice fishing, snowmobile racing and other winter activities.
History of the Area
One of the DNR's oldest state parks, it was acquired in 1920 from Presque Isle County and private donors. The park was dedicated in 1921. It is located in an area that was once frequented by the Chippewa Indians.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT web page.
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Onaway-Modern(800) 447-2757 96 site(s)Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms
The boat launch at the park provides safe and easy access to the rich, year-round fishery.
At 10,130 acres, Black Lake is the seventh largest lake in Michigan. It abounds with walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and the elusive lake sturgeon.

Onaway State Park is located near Cheboygan

Day Use Area
An enclosed park pavilion overlooking Black Lake is available for group activities and family reunions. There is a small fee to reserve the building.
Fire pits/grills available.
Cross-country Skiing
Trails are goomed for cross country skiing.
The park's three-mile nature trail allows hikers to view all the natural features of the park and surrounding areas.

Onaway-Nature Trail Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Area Attractions
A variety of natural and historic attractions are located near the park. Just 10 miles east of the park is the picturesque Ocqueoc Falls, the largest waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Another smaller waterfall is located a short walk down the river. Nearby, the Ocqueoc Falls is the underground river, a part of the Ocqueoc River that appears from a hillside and cascades over rocks and fallen trees on its way to the river bed. Fifteen miles south of the park is Shoepac Lake and the Tomahawk Lakes. Know for their good fishing, this area is also known for its sinkholes. Formed when springs eroded the soft bedrock, causing the surface to cave in, these sinkholes are now filled with trees, flowers, and wildlife. Shoepac Lake itself is a water-filled sinkhole of great depth. The nearby city of Onaway has been designated the "Sturgeon Capital of Michigan." Park visitors are also only about 45 miles away from Old Mill Creek Historic State Park and Fort Michilimackinac, a restored 1700s

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 17 Very nice park
park review stars; one to five I rented the cabin, the view was wonderful. the accomodations were great. There were lots to do. We really enjoyed this park and will be back very soon.
May 25 A real Gem by Dennis O
park review stars; one to five One of the oldest and nicest state parks.The staff is friendly and helpful.Nicole was very helpful and had all the answers.Kid friendly.
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